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The relocation of the National Archives of Australia will result in limited access to records from 30 October 2016 to 1 July 2017. As a result, the Directorate of Honours and Awards will be unable to process some applications for World War 2 medals and post war medals. DH&A can request records for urgent cases such as terminally ill former serving ADF members.

We apologise for the inconvenience and encourage those to apply for medals after July 2017.

G20 Citation - Queensland Police Service

The G20 citation is issued to all ADF members deemed eligible who served in Operation PARAPET.

DH&A is dispatching the G20 citation over the coming months.

To confirm your name is on the nominal roll, please contact .

To request the citation be recorded on PMKeyS, please contact Unit Administration.

The citation is authroised for restricted wear at G20 events and Queensland Police Service events.

ANZAC Coin Collection

The Official 2017 Commemorative Coin Collection 'Legends of the ANZAC - Medals of Honour' is a promotion managed by News Corp Australia metropolitan, regional and News Regional Media newspapers.

The commemorative coin collection is a partnership between the Royal Australian Mint and News Corp Australia to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. The coin collection features 14 coins that highlight a variety of decorations, campaign and service medals awarded to Australians over the past 100 years.

The ANZAC Coin Collection is available from participating newsagents only from 8-23 April (excluding Good Friday on 14 April).

FAQ's are avaiable on the 'Discover the Stories Behind The Medals' website

The Directorate of Honours and Awards does not hold stock of the commemorative coins. To find your closest newsagency participating in this promotion, please search the website

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation

The palm on the Citation is bronze, rather than gold, and previously issued citation devices are incorrect. Personnel wishing to obtain the bronze palm device should return their existing device for replacement. Link to Citation page.

Link to Media Release:

MH17 Awards

The Gazette announcing the honorary award, the Public Service Medal, the Australian Police Medal and the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal was made public 17 July 2015:

109 recipients have been awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for their service during the immediate aftermath of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine in 2014.

Guidance to applicants on preparing a submission for Defence to review honours and awards

Link to Review page

Award of the Australian Operational Service Medal for Operations OKRA and HIGHROAD

The Regulations for the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) – Greater Middle East Operation and the AOSM (Civilian) with Clasp 'G.M.E. OPS' have now been amended to recognise service on Operations OKRA and HIGHROAD.

United States Army Small Ships

13 Nov 2014 – Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence – Inquiry into unresolved recognition for service with the United States Army Small Ships Section

United States Army Small Ships

Clasp 'BOMBER COMMAND' to the 1939-45 Star

This award is administered by DH&A on behalf of the UK Government. The clasp is awarded to RAAF personnel who served with UK-based Bomber Command squadrons during World War 2. Upon receipt of an application, assessment for eligibility is completed and details of successful applicants are forwarded to the UK Ministry of Defence. The UK Government then initiate delivery of clasps to DH&A in Australia, for dispatch to those recipients.

Recognition of Service on Operation DAMASK VI

Department of Defence - Media Release

Looking for Next-of-Kin of World War II Far East Prisoners of War

The men listed below have been posthumously approved for the award of the Commendation for Gallantry for their service during World War II and to date their award has not been claimed. If you are related to any of these men, or know of someone who may be related, please contact the Directorate of Honours and Awards.

  • SGT Joseph Kenneth BELL
  • SIG Howard Frederick HARVEY
  • PTE Joseph BELL
  • MAJ Alan MULL